This is out next May. Roughly the same length as NOS4A2.
Lots going on this season.
For starters: this fall sees the release of the inaugural edition of Houghton-Mifflin's Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. I still have trouble believing they asked me to be the guest editor on the thing, but they did, and I'm terrifically honored. Series Editor John Joseph Adams read a gazillion stories, winnowed them down to the best 100, and from those I selected my 20 favorite. I hope very much that you enjoy it... and if you love great writing, ingenious concepts, and vivid, relatable characters, I think you will, whether you are a genre fan, or just curious. Check it out.
In October, Audible will unleash their audio dramatization of Locke & Key, featuring voice work by Tatiana Maslanay of Orphan Black, in the part of female Dodge, and performances by the likes of Haley Joel Osment, Kate Mulgrew, and something like 50 other actors. Here's hoping its sweet music to your ears.
IDW Publishing is preparing the release of their absolutely enormous, absolutely staggering limited edition of NOS4A2 and WRAITH, joined together between two covers for the first time, crammed in alongside a mountain of extras. Charlie Wilson iii illustrated the shit out of the novel, with a whole series of stunning new color plates and spot illustrations, and IDW pulled out all the stops to make the book itself a thing of glory. I don't know how much I'm allowed to show off just yet, but get an eyeful of the slipcase:
This monster signed edition is available for pre-order through your friends at Subterranean Press.
Could there possibly more? There's more.
Exactly one decade ago this October, my first book was published, a collection of my stories titled 20th Century Ghosts. It was passed over by all the big mainstream publishers Stateside, but a small UK house, PS Publishing, decided to take a chance on it, and it was really the start of everything for me. Now PS is preparing a 10th Anniversary Edition, signed and with all new art by the astounding Vincent Chong (who illustrated the original). Visit their website to find out how to order.
Finally, I appear to be doing a few appearances this fall, I guess to promote some of this stuff, or maybe just to get out of my office for a few days, I'm not sure which. I'm finishing up the fifth draft of THE FIREMAN right now and God knows it'll be nice to see some actual human beings.
First up I'll be at the Halloween Book Festival in North Andover on October 3rd, alongside frightmiesters like Paul Tremblay (his new book A Head Full of Ghosts is supposed to be awesome), Christopher Golden (ditto Tin Men), Kelly Link (wow, I hope you bought her new collection), and others. All the details are here.
Then I'll be making my way to the U.K. to yap about the next novel, The Fireman (out next May), goof off with the Gollancz crew, and help launch PS Publishing's 10th Anniversary release of Ghosts.
You can find me first in Manchester:
And then in London:
... followed by a stop at Forbidden Planet, a jaunt to Bristol, and a skip over to Birmingham.
Winding up, finally, in Nottingham for British FantasyCon, where I'll be honored in the style to which I am accustomed:
Note: I'll only be at FantasyCon for opening night and perhaps a scrap of Saturday morning. Then I'm off.
It's very hard to imagine people won't be thoroughly sick of me by then, but if I return from the UK uncooked, you'll be able to find me at Brookline Booksmith on November 14th, at 7PM.
That's where I'll be doing an interview with Ben Blacker for the Nerdist Writer's Panel. (There was a plan to do the interview in September, but it fell apart and had to be rescheduled) This is a ticketed event; the proceeds are going to support 826 Boston. If you already bought a ticket, it's still good. We'll try to make it worth your while!
Then, in December...
... oh fuck December. In December I'm taking a nap.
So this fall, Audible will be releasing an adaptation of the entire LOCKE & KEY series as an audioplay with an enormous cast, headed up by Tatiana Maslanay as the voice of Dodge in his female incarnation. It's a bold, exciting project, and I'm grateful to the Audible folks for taking such a big leap on our comic. For a limited time, the price of this audioplay is... free, if you g'wan over and pre-order.
So, like, why are you still reading this? Go. Go!
My agent and friend of twenty years, Michael "Mickey" Choate, passed away this weekend of lung cancer. He leaves behind a family that loved him dearly and friends that can hardly imagine a world without his grace, dignity, kindness, and sublime calm.
The family has asked for donations to the Cancer Research Institute, in his memory. I hope you'll consider it.
From time to time, Warren Ellis reintroduces himself over on his blog, and I think that's probably a good idea. It just seems polite to say hello to new readers from time to time, and greet your long-time readers all over again. So. I'm Joe Hill, I do things with words for a living.
I've written four novels and one collection of short stories. Here they are, in reverse chronological order:
The story of a bad man with a car that runs on human souls. Probably not recommended for fans of car-sharing services like Uber.
The story of an unlucky devil. Not recommended for people who go squirmy at the mention of snakes.
HEART-SHAPED BOX (2007)
The story of a man who buys a ghost online and then is distressed to find out about the no-returns policy. Probably not recommended for people addicted to shopping online.
20th CENTURY GHOSTS - STORIES (2005)
A whole bunch of stories, including the one about the inflatable boy, the one about the ghost that haunts a small town movie theater, and the one about the dude who can fly with the help of his childhood cape.
My second novel, HORNS, was turned into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, and is available for download in all the usual places. It will be out in early 2015 on BluRay.
I'm also a writer of comic books. My series, LOCKE & KEY - created with artist Gabriel Rodriguez - first appeared in 2008, and ran for six years, before it concluded in 2013.
LOCKE & KEY is about an old New England mansion littered with impossible keys and full of impossible doors. There are six books in the series.
I also wrote a graphic novel called WRAITH, which uses characters and locations from NOS4A2... although you do not need to read NOS4A2 to enjoy it, nor do you need to read WRAITH to enjoy the novel. The two are related but completely independent. It was published in 2013, with art by Charles Paul Wilson iii.
WRAITH is about some escaped convicts who wind-up in the wrong getaway car and who would've been better off just going to jail. It also includes a kind of origin story for Charlie Manx, a man who loves Christmas more than is probably healthy.
As for future work, I recently finished a new novel, THE FIREMAN, and hope to see it in bookstores by early 2016. It's always possible it will take longer, though - it's impossible to underestimate my ability to drag things out.
I'm also editing BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY, part of Houghton Mifflin's awesome BEST AMERICAN series. That will be out at the end of 2015.
I only update this site once a month, or sometimes less, and it primarily serves as a billboard to mark the release of new work.
I keep a more personal, chatty blog over on Tumblr, under the name joehillsthrills. There's usually new content there at least once a week.
My thanks for your interest - and happy reading.
I do hope you'll go see it and that you have fun if you do. If it doesn't open locally, don't worry. You can bring the devil home with you on VOD: it's available now on iTunes, Amazon, XFinity, and a variety of other direct services.
I'll be out next week doing some promotion for it in NYC and LA, attending both the East Coast and West Coast premieres. Catch you on the road.
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I'm auctioning off a signed and doodled copy of LOCKE & KEY: WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT, and a signed and doodled copy of LOCKE & KEY: HEAD GAMES, the leather-bound IDW limited editions. Both books include the full scripts for each storyline, and the oversize pages allow you see every centimeter of Gabriel Rodriguez's art in their full detailed glory. I'll be donating the complete proceeds to the Pixel Project, to support their efforts to combat violence against women. (Note: HEAD GAMES auction to come shortly...)
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Did you maybe want to pick up a signed book without dropping a mountain of cash on eBay? At the suggestion of Lemony Snickett - no, really - I've partnered with Water Street Books to offer signed books directly to people who want them. The arrangement is simple. Call in and order from them; tell them what you want; I'll drop by the store and sign them when I can.
I'll be signing something like two times a month, so I only warn you it's possible you might have to wait a few weeks for delivery. The offer ends... er... I don't know. We're going to let it roll for a while and just see how it goes. But I imagine it will continue at least through the holidays.